Kids In The Spotlight

Empowering Foster Youth Through Filmmaking

When the movie ends, the rest begins. 

KIDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Emerging talent from unexpected places.

Since its establishment in 2009, Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) has been a beacon of hope for youth impacted by foster care, offering a transformative journey through storytelling and filmmaking for more than 1030 youth through its Script-to-Screen programming.

Our mission is to support underserved youth as they reclaim their narratives, fostering self-reflection, increased agency in their lives, and support healing. By engaging with industry professionals, KITS provides unique opportunities for mentorship and workforce development, shaping the future for those who have faced the challenges of the foster care system, while they learn to write, cast, and star in their own short films.

 

Then, each program year culminates in our annual KITS Film Awards, an Oscar-style celebration that recognizes achievements and premieres the films on the silver screen.

You can make an impact on the youth we serve by watching films on our KITS Channel on IndieFlix!

 

kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles
kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles

Kids In The Spotlight

Help change the trajectory of young lives.

 

KITS helps youth impacted by foster care heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling, filmmaking, and workforce development. KITS is erasing the limits of the foster system with every film released. And with Hollywood-level production and opportunities, KITS filmmakers are bringing their talent to our creative community. It’s an impact you can see.

kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles

Mission

KITS helps youth impacted by foster care heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling, filmmaking, and workforce development.

Purpose

KITS’ purpose is to disrupt the negative outcomes associated with youth from the foster care system, change the narrative, and redirect the life trajectory of L.A.’s foster youth. 

kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles
kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles

Vision

KITS envision a pipeline of Black and Brown entertainment industry leaders in positions of decision-making power.

Method

KITS provides space, experiences, and tools that enable youth to write, cast, and star in their own short films. 

kids in the spotlight, non-profit, foster youth,  Los Angeles

We Are Shifting The Paradigm In Foster Care

KITS is a Los Angeles County-based organization that helps foster youth heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling and filmmaking. In the KITS flagship Script-to-Screen program, foster youth ages 12-24 write, cast, and star in their own short films, telling their stories their way. KITS envision a pipeline of Black and Brown leaders in positions of decision-making power. By building the pipeline, KITS pursues the restoration of economic stability and generational wealth for Black and Brown youth

The program prepares youth for entry-level jobs and media arts internships, opens the door to a network of industry peers and mentors, and builds the self-confidence of our youth to pursue higher education. Therapists and representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services say that because we empower foster youth to tell their stories their way, our program is one of

L.A.’s most effective tools for teaching local foster youth to take ownership of their lives. 

kids in the spotlight non-profit filmmakers los angeles california paramount studios

Selected KITS programs and services are generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This organization is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

This organization is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

Selected KITS workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

M
kids in the spotlight

Stay connected to the latest news!